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making a surprise visit to afghanistan where u.s. officials have been demanding hamid karzai sign a new security agreement. >> reporter: before arriving in afghanistan secretary hagel was in bahrain trying to reassure allies in the middle east that the united states is committed to the persian gulf region. secretary hagel said the u.s. is willing to start selling advanced weapons, things like missile defense systems to u.s. allies in the region. the move is seen as a way to counter iran's military ambition. he added that even though the west had agreed to a temporary deal to limit iran's nuclear capability, tehran still poses a significant threat to the middle east and the world. many allies in the region fear the u.s.'s withdrawing from its traditional role in the middle east but hagel said after a decade of war the u.s. will not shirk its responsibilities in the middle east. >> we know diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will continue to hinge on america's military power, and the credibility of our assurances to our allies. >> following that he met with senior afghan off
, thanked them for their service. he did not, repeat not meet with the afghan president hamid karzai who apparently didn't invite him in for coffee despite what the u.s. has done in afghanistan over these years, spending hundreds of billions of dollars, losing thousands of troops. i was pretty shocked that hagel, the defense secretary of the united states, was not apparently invited by president hamid karzai for a meeting. it's pointed though because the afghan leader has delayed signing a security agreement to extend the u.s. military troop presence in afghanistan for another ten years. hagel downplayed the significance of not meeting with karzai and says at afghan defense minister assured him the security agreement will be signed in "a timely manner." right now about 50,000 u.s. troops are still in afghanistan, supposed to stay most of them throughout this year but all of them are supposed to be out by the end of 2014. the coming year unless there's a security agreement in place. then there could be eight to 10,000 for 12,000 u.s. troops for another ten years at a cost of billions of d
in a timely fashion. hagel arrived in afghanistan this morning. afghan president hamid karzai threw a wrench in the negotiations when he said that he would not sign the agreement until after elections in spring of 2014. >> hassan rouhani described the pursuit of nuclear technology as a definite right, and said that iran has a right to live without sanctions. >>> demonstrators of ukraine are back on the street after reports of a meeting between its president and the russian president vladimir putin. the meetings sparked fears that ukraine would agree to deals with the russians rather than the european union. >> there are reports that there have been deals signed with russia worth $174 million of aid. ukraine needs this money simply to pay its creditors. it's reserves are start to go run low and it is in dire economic circumstances. these reports are unconfirmed yet they spread more angrier gons th angs demonstrators because of the it's president failed to sign a deal with the e.u. and sunday they are planning a big one. they want to repeat the successful mobilization that they had last weeke
karzai said he would not sign it until after elections next year. >> protesters in ukraine returned to the streets in force. the president met with russian president vladimir putin. the meeting sparked fears an economic deal may be reached and russia, furthering the distance with the european union. >> there are reports that the ukrainian leader viktor ych signed a deal with russia securing, according to reports, $17 billion worth of aid. you -- ukraine, of course, needs the money to pay its creditors. the country's reserves are running live. it's in dire economic circumstances. these reports about the deal with russia are unconfirmed. of course they spread more anger amongst the demonstrators here in independent square in central kiev because, of course, they want ukraine to go towards the european union and it was failure to sign a deal with the e.u. that prompted all the protests. and on sunday they are planning the big one. they want to repeat the kind of successful mobilisation that they had last weekend here, and they desperately need to keep this momentum going, because they
to cut a deal with hamid karzai of afghanistan. >>> next, how
this happen again. what would your advice be with to the administration on dealing with the karzai government as we go forward to 2014? >> patience. [laughter] you know, it's, this is maddening. but, you know, i think the important thing is to focus on what is in the u.s. strategic interest. i think a long-term strategic partnership that supports the afghan state and afghan institutions like the armed forces gaining self-sufficiency, independence, capacity is in our interests for all the reasons we lived through on 9/11. i think that is, can be done at a reasonable level of investment. and, you know, i do believe and i share the view that if we're going to have americans on the ground in afghanistan, we have to have a security agreement that insures that they fall under u.s. legal protections, not subject to afghan law. that has always been a red line, and i think it's an appropriate red line. but i also think we heard from the afghan people via the low ya jirga that most of afghan's leadership including i would say just about if not everybody presidential candidate that is running for electi
a standoff between u.s. and afghan leaders over a security agreement that hamid karzai is refusing to sign but hagel's visit likely will have little impact on the deal, because he is not planning to meet with karzai. the pentagon says he is there to thank troops for their service. >>> officials at metro north are working to make changes to the railroad system, that following sunday's deadly train derailment in the bronx. federal transportation officials want metro north to identify areas of track where there are major speed changes. the railway must also overhaul its signal system so it will automatically slow down a train if the engineer does not. nud today's show lost one of its own, 58-year-old jim lovely was laid to rest on friday. he worked for nbc as a sund lighting expert for more than 20 years. it was the second funeral in two days for victims of the derailment. our deepest condolences to his family. >>> authorities reveal a missing new hampshire teen sent her a letter postmarked weeks after she disappeared. the letter from 15-year-old abigail hernandez last seen on october 9th was
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